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Alabama Loses To LSU And Ingram Believes Trump To Blame, Browns’ Ugly Win, Lamar’s Amazing Run, Jets Over Giants, Waiters Suspended For THC

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After a 31-game home winning streak, Alabama lost to LSU, shaking up the college football ranking system. The Tigers beat the Crimson Tide 46-41, and according to former Alabama star and Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram, the loss is because Donald Trump attended the game. The next set of rankings comes out Tuesday night, and LSU has a shot of eclipsing Ohio State with the number one slot.

In the NFL, the Cleveland Browns managed to win a game, but it was ugly. Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw a late game winning touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins for a Browns’ 19-16 victory.

Leading his Baltimore Ravens to another win, quarterback Lamar Jackson is cementing his legacy, but all anyone is talking about after the 49-13 trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals, is his 47-yard run where he faked out a defender and spun around another for a impressive touchdown.

In the battle of New York, the Jets found a way to beat the Giants. The Giants’ Saquon Barkley had nowhere to run, and Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold finally had an interception-free game. Jets 34, Giants 27

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The Miami Heat suspended Dion Waiters 10 games without pay. Waiters had an adverse reaction to edibles infused with THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) while on a team flight from Phoenix to LA. According to reports, Waiters experienced a panic attack. The Heat posted a statement saying, “We expect all of our players, including Dion, to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards, and to show professionalism and respect for their teammates, the team, the fans and the NBA community.”

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College Football Playoff Rankings-Ohio State#1, Defending Champ Clemson Out, LeBron Makes History

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The College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are out, and Ohio State grabbed the top spot. LSU came in at #2, Alabama at #3, Penn State at #4 and defending national champ Clemson at #5.  LSU and Alabama play each other Saturday in what should be an intense (and determinative) game.  The CFP committee will publish four more sets of rankings before the final list is revealed on Sunday, December 8th.

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LA Lakers’ LeBron James continues to make history. He recorded his 3rd straight triple-double becoming the first Laker with 3 straight triple-doubles in 32 years (since Magic Johnson from March 31st-April 5th, 1987). Lakers 118, Bulls 112.

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Astros Vs Nationals In World Series, Washington Attempts Camouflage Play, Carr Causes Touchback, 49ers Undefeated

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With a game 6 win over the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros will face the Washington Nationals in the World Series. The Astros won the World Series in 2017 and will host the Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Houston 6, New York 4

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In college football over the weekend, #25 ranked Washington attempted a creative trick play against #12 ranked Oregon. On a kickoff return, Washington, whose uniforms are purple, had one of their receivers lay down in the end zone and attempt to blend in with the purple turf so he wouldn’t be noticed. He then received a pass from his teammate. The only problem is camouflage is against the rules, and Washington was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct foul. The NCAA states that “any players who ‘lay down and ‘hide’ in the end zone’ or elsewhere on the field should be treated as injured and removed from the game for a play.” Oregon 25, Washington 21

It was an ugly victory, but the San Francisco 49ers remain undefeated in their three field goal win (thanks to kicker Robbie Gould) over the Washington Redskins. The only other undefeated team so far is the New England Patriots (who play on Monday night vs the New York Jets)
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Nationals To Face Dodgers In NLDS, Arch Manning Talented, Richard Sherman Hopes NCAA Destroyed

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The Washington Nationals did not have a promising start to their season, but with their wild card win over the Milwaukee Brewers, they will now face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series starting on Thursday.

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Peyton’s retired, Eli’s been benched, but looks like we’ll see another Manning phenomenon in a few years. Archie and Olivia Manning’s grandson (Cooper’s son Arch), a 6-1 freshman in high school, is already making a name for himself and getting attention from both Eli’s and Peyton’s alma maters (Ole Miss and Tennessee).  According to granddad Archie, Arch is not talking to anyone yet. “Our theme is, ‘Let’s let Arch be a freshman.”

California’s recently signed bill allowing college athletes to be paid endorsements is getting the thumbs up from San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman, who played at Stanford, said, “I hope it destroys the NCAA in general because I think it’s corrupt and it’s a bunch of people taking advantage of kids, and doing it under a mask of ‘fair play.” The Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green also criticized the NCAAA and called the organization a “dictatorship.”

 

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Osaka Consoles Coco, Nadal Reaches Quarterfinals, Hurts Impressive Debut At Oklahoma

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It was an exciting weekend at the US Open.

In an emotional post-game interview after #1 seed Naomi Osaka beat 15-year old phenom Coco Gauff in the 3rd round, Naomi told Coco’s parents they raised an amazing player and should be proud of their daughter. Unfortunately for the defending champion Naomi, she was eliminated in the next round, losing to #13 seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal reached the quarterfinals at the Open for the ninth time in his career (with his buddy Tiger Woods wildly cheering from the stands). Nadal is attempting to win his fourth US Open championship and 19th Grand Slam. Nadal could potentially face his rival Roger Federer (whom he has never played in New York) in the Finals. Federer holds the record for 20 Grand Slam titles.

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Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts impressed the college football world this weekend in his debut as the starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. In a 49-31 win over Houston, Hurts had 6 touchdowns and a career-high 508 offensive yards. Hurts went 26-2 in his two seasons at Alabama but then was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa before last season. Hurts joined Oklahoma’s team in January as a graduate transfer. Alabama coach Nick Saban had only good things to say about his former player. He said, “And we’re really happy for him, not only in the way he handled himself throughout this entire process, but now that he’s having success as well.”

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Ninja Rocks Streaming World With Switch To Mixer, A’s Sign Fan After His 96MPH Pitch, Clemson Top Of Amway Poll

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Gaming superstar Ninja, aka Tyler Blevins, rocked the streaming world by announcing he’s switching platforms from Twitch (owned by Amazon) to Mixer which is run by Microsoft. Ninja explained the move saying, “Mixer provides me with more ways to connect with my community.” Ninja has over 14 millions followers on Twitch, but his management team will be looking to bring his fans to Mixer and will start by him hosting his first Mixer livestream on Friday from the music festival Lollapalooza in Chicago. Ninja is also reported to be writing three books and a graphic novel.

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The Oakland A’s made a baseball fan’s dreams come true when they signed him to a contract after he threw a ball 96 mph in a speed-pitch booth at Coors Field while at a game with his brother. 23-year old Nathan Patterson played high school baseball, but didn’t start getting serious about playing until last summer when he began working out.

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The college preseason Amway Coaches poll revealed almost no surprises. Clemson was easily ranked #1 while Alabama came in at #2. The rest of the top five went to Georgia at #3, Oklahoma at #4, and Ohio State at #5.

 

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Nike Countersues Kawhi, Harden Minority Stake In Soccer, Lowry Surgery, Harbaugh Swipes Meyer

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Kawhi Leonard is in the midst of suing Nike for what he claims is his “Klaw” design. Kawhi said he provided the design to Nike so he owns it. Nike has now countersued stating “In this action, Kawhi Leonard seeks to re-write history by asserting that he created the ‘Claw Design’ logo, but it was not Leonard who created that logo. In his Complaint, Leonard alleges he provided a design to NIKE. That is true. What is false is that the design he provided was the Claw Design. Not once in his Complaint does Leonard display or attach either the design that he provided or the Claw Design. Instead, he conflates the two, making it appear as though those discrete works are one and the same. They are not.” After ending his contract with Nike, Kawhi has signed a shoe deal with New Balance.

Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has a new hobby. He recently purchased a minority stake in Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Houston Dash. He also has a stake in BBVA Stadium where both teams play. He commented, “Houston is my home now, and I saw this as a way to invest in my city and expand my business interests at the same time. Soccer in general, and especially MLS, have exploded in this country throughout my lifetime. I’ve been a fan of the game for several years, and I know that Houston has a massive soccer fanbase, so it was an easy decision for me when this opportunity arose.”

In other NBA news, Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left thumb. Lowry is planning to spend his off-season participating in USA Basketball training camp and FIBA World Cup later in the summer

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Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh took a swipe at his former rival, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. Meyer retired last year after a winning season but one filled with controversy. Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the year due to a domestic violence allegation against one of his assistant coaches, then led his team to a 13-1 season and a Big Ten title. Meyer’s Ohio State also has a 4-0 winning record over Harbaugh. In an interview with The Athletic, Harbaugh said, “Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. A really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been. But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been.”

 

 

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Djokovic Defeats Federer In Epic Wimbledon Finals, Halep Beat Williams In Final, Ryan Leaf Back

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Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in an epic finals at Wimbledon. After four hours and 57 minutes, the match  was the longest final in Wimbledon history and could have potentially gone on even longer, but it was the first time the championship was decided by the tournament’s new fifth-set rule, which institutes a tie-breaker in the fifth set if the score reaches 12-12. With his 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3), Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon championship and his 16th major.

In the women’s final, Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep. Williams was attempting to win her 24th Grand Slam title.

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Ryan Leaf is back. Leaf was a football phenom when he was the #2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL pick for the San Diego Chargers. His life went into a tailspin from drug addiction and prison-time, but he has now been hired by ESPN to work as a college football analyst.

 

 

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Damon Sheehy-Giuseppi Is Real Life Willie Mays Hayes, Top NFL Players

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Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi took a circuitous route to earn a spot on the Cleveland Browns’ roster this season. After not receiving a scholarship to college, he showed up uninvited for an NFL workout in Miami, where he pretended to know the Vice President of Player Personnel for the Cleveland Browns. Sheehy-Guiseppi’s speed impressed the group, and he was invited for an official workout for the team a week later (where he spent nights in 24-hour fitness facilities and sleeping outside). He again impressed the personnel and earned a spot on the roster. His story reads like a scene from the movie “Major League” where Willie Mays Hayes shows up uninvited at the fictional Indians spring training and runs a blistering 40 in his pajamas to earn a spot on the team.

CBS Sports puts out the top NFL players under 25 list every year and to no ones’ surprise, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes claimed the #1 spot. Rounding out the top five is LA Chargers Joey Bosa at #2, Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett at #3, the Texans Deshaun Watson at #4, and the Browns Baker Mayfield at #5. For the full list, click here.

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Legendary Bart Starr, Raptors Defeat Bucks And Face KD-Less Warriors, Infamous Bill Buckner

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The legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback and coach, Bart Starr, passed away over the weekend at the age of 85. Starr led the Packers to three straight championships (the only quarterback in NFL history to do so) and earned MVP honors at the first two Super Bowls. He also received the NFL’s most valuable player award in 1966. After retiring as a quarterback in 1971, he became Green Bay’s head coach a year later and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night and will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Raptors host game 1 of the best of seven series on Thursday night. Golden State’s Kevin Durant is not scheduled to play in game 1, and Center DeMarcus Cousins has been listed as questionable.

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The infamous Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner died at the age of 69 after battling Lewy Body Dementia. Buckner played for five different Major League Baseball teams over the course of 22 years, although he is most remembered for messing up a play (as a member of the Boston Red Sox) in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets. His error allowed the winning run to score. The Mets then went on to win Game 7, and Buckner had to endure years of death threats and public humiliation. Eighteen years later when the Red Sox finally won the World Series, fans stopped harassing him. And, when the Red Sox won again in 2007, Buckner even threw out the first pitch the next season and received a four-minute standing ovation.

 

 

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